"The future of surgery is not about blood and guts; the future of surgery is about bits and bytes.”
/Dr. Richard Satava/

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Intuitive's da Vinci simulator

Having realized the potential in robotic surgery training, Intuitive has released its portable da Vinci Skills Simulator, which can be attached to a da Vinci Si system. 
  • "The straightforward set-up allows users to practice unassisted or with supervision, according to their preference.     
  • Built-in metrics enable users to assess skills, receive real-time feedback and track progress.     
  • Administrative tools let users structure their own curriculum to fit with other learning activities in their institution.     
  • The open architecture of the system software allows for the future development and incorporation of additional practice modules."
The exercises include:
  • EndoWrist Manipulation
  • Camera handling and Clutching
  • Fourth Arm Integration
  • System Settings
  • Energy and Dissection
  • Full exercise list is here

A short video of the simulator can be found here. The official brochure is here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


The "Surgeon’s Operating Force-feedback Interface Eindhoven" (Sofie) is a surgical robot developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

TU/e researcher Linda van den Bedem developed a compact surgical robot (with the Dept. of ME), integrating force feedback to allow the surgeon to feel what s/he is doing. Tactile feedback is provided in the master side joysticks. This counter pressure enables a surgeon to feel exactly what force he applies when making a suture or pushing aside a bit of tissue. Sofie is quite compact, and hence less of an obstacle in the operating theater and above the patient. Its small dimensions come with an added bonus: the slave can be mounted on the operating table. This averts the need of resetting everything when the operating table and the patient are moved or tilted. Further, Sofie makes it possible to approach an organ from different sides and can even operate 'around the corner'.

Monday, January 3, 2011